Brass Instructor, Cadets2
Michael W. Pettis is a passionate musician, composer, arranger and educator whose life's work is to inspire creativity, growth and understanding through music. Michael earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theory and Composition from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. At West Chester University, he studied composition with Larry Nelson, Andrew Yozviak, Mark Rimple, Van Stiefel, Adam Silverman and Robert Maggio. Michael studied tuba under the guidance of Jonathan Fowler during his undergraduate career. While at West Chester, he has the unique opportunity to serve as Drum Major of the West Chester University "Incomparable" Golden Rams Marching Band for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Michael also has done arrangements for the WCU Marching Band and Basketball Band. Michael has participated in multiple recording sessions with the WCU Wind Ensemble and can be heard on the following albums; Borrowed Inspirations, Reanimations, and Like a Flame to a Moth.
Continuing his education, Michael is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Performance on tuba at Rutgers University. Michael studies tuba with Alan Baer, principle tuba of the New York Philharmonic, and Brass Department Chair at Rutgers University. On scholarship at RU, Michael performs with the Graduate Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble. He also performs with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Rutgers Symphony, Helix! A New Music Ensemble, and gigs around the greater Philadelphia area.
As a performer, Michael has had the pleasure of playing alongside various artists such as Canadian Brass, Tine Thing Helseth, Kyros Brass, Imani Winds, Quintsylvania Winds, Michael Truesdell and Alan Baer. Outside of Rutgers, Michael serves as the Vice-President of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony and is a member of the tuba section. Michael also serves as the Director and Conductor of the Highland Park Municipal Band located in Highland Park, NJ.
Michael has served in various roles in the marching band activity throughout his professional career in the greater Philadelphia area. He taught low brass at Neshaminy High School (PA) and Rutgers University with the Marching Scarlet Knights and he was on visual staff at Franklin High School (NJ). Currently, he is the Music Arranger and Winds Caption Head for the Marching Titans at Central Bucks High School South (PA). Michael's drum corps career began in 2014 as a member of the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps where he was Drum Major, winning a DCA World Championship that year. In 2016, he joined the Cadets2 brass staff teaching tubas, where they succeeded in their first ever DCA World Championship title.
Michael is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society.